‘As pressures on rivers increase, we need to know where the refuges are, as these are the sources of recolonisation.’ ‘Polo clubs ’ and ‘casinos’ protect biodiversity Dr Belinda Robson Polo clubs and casinos could become new buzzwords in freshwater biodiversity, following work being conducted by Deakin environmental scientists. They are using these terms to classify the refuges that river plants and animals use during disturbances such as drought, bushfire and land clearing. The scientists behind the new classification system say it will help environmental managers identify different types of refuges and plan their response to changes in the habitat. “As pressures on rivers increase, we need to know where the refuges are as these are the sources of recolonisation, ” say
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